Saratoga National Historical Park gets new leader

Saratoga National Historical Park gets new leader

Leslie Morlock comes from position at Delaware Water Gap site

Photo of Kenneth C. Crowe II
Leslie Morlock is the new superintendent of Saratoga Nationl Historical Park.
Leslie Morlock is the new superintendent of Saratoga Nationl Historical Park.Jim Davis/National Park Service

STILLWATER – The National Park Service has named Leslie Morlock as the new superintendent of Saratoga National Historical Park which tells the story of the Battles of Saratoga, considered the turning point of the American Revolution.

Morlock is moving from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area where she spent eight years as chief of strategic planning and project management.  Morlock starts at the Saratoga battlefield on March 28.

“The victory at Saratoga changed the entire course of the American Revolution,” Park Service Regional Director Gay Vietzke said in a statement Friday citing the battles on Sept. 19, 1777 and Oct. 7, 1777 in which an American army defeated British forces.

“The park has an important role to play as we get closer to America’s 250th birthday in 2026. Leslie’s background in planning, visitor use management and partnerships provides a crucial skill set needed to lead the park as we approach this milestone,” Vietzke continued.

“Saratoga National Historical Park is a unique place to learn about a key turning point in American history, explore nature and honor those who walked the hallowed grounds before us. I look forward to working with the dedicated park team, the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, other partners, and the community to preserve this important site for future generation,” Morlock said.

Morlock succeeds former Superintendent Amy Bracewell who held the post for five years before moving down the Hudson Valley in September to become superintendent of the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park, Dutchess County.

Bracewell also oversees management of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook.

Morlock’s first assignment in the park service was at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  Prior to joining the park service she worked for county governments in Colorado, Pennsylvania and New York.  She also worked as an archaeologist.